Consensus on 13 constitutional and six electoral reforms: Dar

Islamabad - Dar said the sub-committee had reached a consensus on 13 constitutional amendments.

By Afzal Khan

Published: Thu 30 Jul 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Thu 30 Jul 2015, 1:43 PM

Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar has said the Sub-Committee of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms had completed 80 per cent of its task and was expected to submit its final recommendations to the main committee within a month.
"The Zahid Hamid-led sub-committee has already deliberated upon the existing six electoral laws and finalised its recommendations to a great extent. Completion of 80 per cent work on electoral reforms in just one year is a big achievement while the drafting of constitutional amendments in this regard has already been ordered," he said while addressing a Press conference here after chairing the main committee's meeting.
Dar said the sub-committee had reached a consensus on 13 constitutional amendments. "The members of the committee have been asked to consult their parties and leaderships on contentious issues and come back with the party position in 10 days," he added.
Among other issues, the question of voting rights of overseas Pakistanis is also being considered.
To save time, Dar said, drafting on the proposed legislation and constitutional amendments had already begun. Dar said the Election Commission was seized with the issue of voting rights for the overseas Pakistanis.
Dar said the PTI was participating both in the deliberations of the main and sub-committees. To a question, he opposed a demand by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) for resignation of the Election Commission members. To another question, he said a fresh census was expected under the army's supervision in March next year.
Deliberating upon the progress so far made by the sub-committee, fresh polls would be held within 120 days of completion of local government tenures. He said besides retired judges, serving and retired public service officials and technocrats could be appointed as members and head of the Election Commission after the passage of new election laws.

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